Greater Toronto Area Chapter

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About Us

Welcome to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Chapter. We are a group of passionate volunteers who, since January 2021, have been building the GTA Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC). As interest grows to protect end-of-life rights, we are focusing our energies on expanding services and support to the GTA. Through advocacy and public education, the GTA Chapter will work to make residents in the Toronto area aware of their rights to access quality end-of-life choice and care. Our geographical boundaries include Metropolitan Toronto, Mississauga, York Region and Oshawa/Pickering.

Services Provided

  • Our talented presenters and informed resource people offer education to key audiences on the medical assistance in dying process and on the importance of Advance Care Planning
  • Workshops on Advance Care Planning (Presentations and workshops can be either live or virtual)
  • Partnering with like-minded organizations to reach broader, more diverse audiences
  • Advocating, on behalf of DWDC, concerns to GTA area elected officials
  • Liaising with various media and businesses; writing articles and arranging interviews; creating content and opportunities through our social media presence

Our Chapter's Team

Mary Anne Cecutti

Chair

Dr. Barbara Bresver

Director at Large

Dr. Roz Doctorow

Director, Program Development (Delivery)

Klaus Kytayko

Secretary

Rita Scagnetti

Director, Communications (Outreach)

Upcoming Events

Early May marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada. As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s Learning Centre series, “Palliative Care 101” will speak with Dr. Jyothi Jayaraman about this important topic.

Palliative Care 101

As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s Learning Centre series, “Grief 101” will speak with Michelle Williams and Rachelle Bensoussan about what grief is, how people grieve, myths about grief and how to support someone who is grieving.  

Grief 101

As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s Learning Centre series, “Patient Rights 101” DWDC will speak with Ruby Shanker about your rights as a patient and how to stay informed regardless of your medical situation.

Patient Rights 101

Additional Information

Vision: Everyone has a right to choose a good death 

Core values: 

  • Person-centered 
  • Compassion 
  • Integrity 
  • Courage 
  • Collaboration 

Contact us

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toronto@dyingwithdignity.com

DWDC supports Canadians navigating end-of-life choice and care, we do not provide the information or means to end a life.

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